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Dimness of vision, especially when occurring in one eye without apparent physical defect or disease. Also called lazy eye.

[New Latin amblyōpia, from Greek ambluōpiā, from ambluōpos, dim-sighted : amblus, dim; see mel- in Indo-European roots + ōps, ōp-, eye; see myopia.]

am′bly·o′pic (-ō′pĭk, -ŏp′ĭk) adj.


(Medicine) impaired vision with no discernible damage to the eye or optic nerve
[C18: New Latin, from Greek ambluōpia, from amblus dull, dim + ōps eye]
amblyopic adj


(ˌæm bliˈoʊ pi ə)

dimness of sight without apparent organic defect.
[1700–10; < New Latin < Greek amblyōpía=amblý(s) dull + -ōpiā -opia]
am`bly•op′ic (-ˈɒp ɪk) adj.

amblyopia, amblyopy

obscurity of vision, occurring without any organic change in the eyes; the first stage of amaurosis. — amblyopic, adj.
See also: Blindness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amblyopia - visual impairment without apparent organic pathology
vision defect, visual defect, visual disorder, visual impairment - impairment of the sense of sight


n. ambliopía, visión reducida.


n ambliopía, ojo perezoso or vago (fam), disminución f de la agudeza visual sin lesión orgánica del ojo
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As with any disorder, the prevalence of amblyopia depends on precisely how it is defined.
For example, the pediatric vision scanner, developed by REBIScan, could eradicate amblyopia ("lazy eye") one of the leading causes of preventable vision loss in children.
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Yesterday the university took the step of issuing a further statement to clarify its position and stressed the importance of such research to the treatment of human conditions like Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye.
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It is claimed Hartlepool based Stuart Maxwell failed to administer the proper treatment for amblyopia, known as lazy eye, over a three-year period.
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It's estimated that 2 percent to 3 percent of babies born each year have a tendency to develop amblyopia, sometimes called "lazy eye," in which a loss of vision occurs in one or both eyes.
To date, the focus has been on treating children with severe amblyopia or ``lazy eye'' - a condition that if left untreated past age 7 or 8 results in permanently reduced vision.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Parents with children suffering from amblyopia often experience problems with kids refusing to do vision correction exercises, so much so that the parents start to feel powerless to help their children improve their vision.